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visualising-reproduction-banner (1)Monday 4th June 2018


9.30 Registration & coffee

9.50 Welcome

10.00 Keynote lecture: Nick Hopwood (University of Cambridge)

“Visualising Human Embryos”

11.00 Coffee break

Session 1

11.15  Camilla Røstvik (University of St Andrews)

“‘The Painter’s Are In’ – Menstruation in the Visual Arts since 1970”

11.45  Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (University of Cambridge) and Liv Pennington (artist)

“Visualising Pregnancy Tests in Art and Entertainment”

12.15 Kate Reed (University of Sheffield)

“Visualising ‘Life’ and ‘Loss’ in Medicine and Art: the Case of Fetal and Neonatal Post-mortem”

12.45  Discussion

13.00 Lunch

Session 2

13.45  Isabel Davis (Birkbeck, University of London) and Anna Burel (artist)

“Seeing and the Unseen in the Experimental Conception Hospital”

14.15  Katie Coveney and Nicky Hudson (DMU)

“Visualising Reproductive Donation Online. An Analysis of Fertility Clinic Websites in the UK, Belgium and Spain”

14.45  Manuela Perrotta (Queen Mary University of London)

“Remaking Embryos. Time-lapse Microscopy and the Future of Embryology”

15.15  Discussion

15.30 Coffee break

Session 3

15.45  Kristine Fearon (DMU)

“‘Have You Ever Talked to Any Women with Turner Syndrome?’ A Rationale For The Use of Photo-Elicitation Interviews in Research on Reproductive Decision Making with Women with Mild Cognitive Impairment”

16.15  Tove Dalenius (DMU)

“Beyond 3D Printing: Holographic Visualisation of the Clitoris”

16.45 Concluding remarks & wine reception

Reproduction and the law: transformations, responsibilities and uncertainties in 21st Century

British Sociological Association-Human Reproduction Study Group Annual Conference

Thursday 24 May 2018

De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Call for Papers

This year we have chosen to focus our annual conference on socio-legal aspects of human reproduction given the number of recent and ongoing debates surrounding reproductive options and new technologies such as surrogacy, abortion, mitochondrial donation, egg freezing, genome editing and artificial gametes.

As such, this full-day conference welcomes theoretical, methodological and empirical papers from social science researchers as well as legal scholars addressing socio-legal aspects of human reproduction including, but not limited to: abortion, pre-natal care and screening, birth, infant death, surrogacy, artificial games, reproductive donation, reproductive tissue freezing, genetics, genome editing, and assisted conception.

Plenary Address

We are very pleased to announce that the plenary address will be delivered this year by Professor Emily Jackson from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Details of Prof Jackson’s plenary address will be circulated in due course.

Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words by Friday, 16 March 2018 – SUBMIT>

Abstracts over the word count will not be accepted.

Abstracts will be anonymised when reviewed by the Co-Convenors of the Group, taking into account the suitability of the topic, the stage of research process (if appropriate), and the significance of the findings or arguments proposed to the Group.

Conference Details:

The conference will take place at De Montfort University, Leicester.

The city of Leicester is located an hour from London and is easily accessible by both rail and road and is well served by East Midlands and Birmingham airport.

Registration Fees

Registration includes lunch and refreshments.  Registration will open shortly.

  • Student BSA member: £35
  • Student non-BSA member: £45
  • BSA member: £40
  • Non-BSA member: £50

For more information please contact Cathy Herbrand.